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Wainwright’s,“The Maker Makes,” from Brokeback Mountain ~ the words

Posted on 2006.02.07 at 09:45
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~ Ennis and Jack looking at the view, from Brokeback Mountain.

~ A good, honest kiss scene, no matter what the characters' genders.*

* Note: Opening up this entry to look for a link, I found that this picture had been removed from my Photobucket album. I certainly did not take it down. Since it was not obscene, I assumed it was removed without consenting me because someone browsing objected to it. Looking at it, I suppose it could be considered highly offensive to some viewers, although I think it a good cap from a very moving, beautifully filmed scene. Anyway, that is why I put it behind a cut. But, no, even behind the cut was too much. It has been taken down again. I have complained to Photobucket.

One disappointing thing about listening to my wonderful soundtrack recording of Brokeback was that I still could not understand the words sung by Rufus Wainwright, in his song that plays under the end credits, The Maker Makes.
Fed up, I looked up its lyrics on a website….

What do you know? The lyrics are really, really good. Simple, but strong, and eloquent of the film’s theme and characters.

What a shame Wainwright couldn’t sacrifice some of his slurring-the-blues singing style for clarity of diction.

For others of you who could not understand the words to "The Maker Makes," but liked the sound of its evocative, “prayer-meeting hymn” style, here is the song’s text.

The Maker Makes by Rufus Wainwright

One more chain I break, to get me closer to you
One more chain does the maker make, to keep me from bustin' through

One more notch I scratch, to keep me thinkin' of you
One more notch does the maker make, upon my face so blue

Get along little doggies, get along little doggies

One more smile I fake, 'n try my best to be glad
One more smile does the maker make, because he knows I'm sad

Oh Lord, how I know,
Oh Lord, how I see, that only can the maker make a happy man of me

Get along little doggies, get along little doggies, get along

~ Mechtild

Brokeback Mountain Links Page HERE


just_ann_now at 2006-02-07 18:39 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, lordy. The whole soundtrack is gorgeous, but that track in particular just sets off torrents of tears. Those lyrics are so perfect, and the ache in his voice - incredible.
mechtild at 2006-02-07 22:35 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is a gorgeous score, Ann. I adore all the original music that plays under the film, but the non-vocal stuff. It is is great at establishing mood and opening the soul of the viewer. The songs the composer wrote suit the film, I will say, but, as music, only his "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me" (wonderfully performed by Mary McBride), really gets me, apart from Wainwright's, now that I know what the words are.

But, truly, although I liked the sweetly mournful sound of Wainwright's song, I really could not tell what the f*** he was saying. When I saw the words printed out, I just lost it. How perfect!
maeglian at 2006-02-07 21:35 (UTC) (Link)
Those lyrics *are* perfect.

But Mechtild, really - did you think I'd be able to comment coherently after you posted *that* picture......? :-D
mechtild at 2006-02-07 22:37 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I am SO glad I looked them up. Otherwise I still wouldn't know what the words were, even after twenty hearings.

That is a nice pic, isn't it? I had to lighten it up a lot, but it was the frame that currently is floating around the internet that best depicts for me the vulnerable tenderness between the two men in that scene.
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mechtild at 2006-02-07 22:39 (UTC) (Link)
I love it, too, Mews. Just as BBM is now my favourite film after the LotR trilogy, the film's score is my favourite after Howard Shore 's for LotR. (I think Shore's score is what lifted those films from "excellent," to "great".)
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mechtild at 2006-02-07 23:32 (UTC) (Link)
Me, too. I still listen to the LotR sets daily. Now, I own the new "complete" version of the FotR film music, which has multiple discs. But I am saving it, planning to listen to it on a two-day drive to make a campus visit with our daughter, in a couple of weeks. (Two days there, two days back.)

Like the BBM music, the LotR soundtrack CD's make the film unfold in my mind when I hear them. But more, the music seems to provoke an unravelling of my own mind's "inner film." It is always a wrenchingly emotional but rewarding experience.
just_ann_now at 2006-02-07 23:29 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if any of you ladies have already come across a lovely picspam/review by shrinetolust ? No, seriously, it's a wonderful, thoughtful review! It isn't just about the pretty pictures (including an animation of That Kiss, You Know) and the squeeing over Jake!

I am so shallow! I admit it!
mechtild at 2006-02-08 00:08 (UTC) (Link)
No, I had never visited this person's site. Thanks for linking that, Ann. That was some GREAT pic spam, and her saucy little captions under the jeans exhibiting bulges were a treat to read. She has a lot of verve, and pretty good instincts for assessing film.

I have to admit, though, I am not a swooner for either actor, or for their film characters. The author in your link clearly was, and it brought back warm feelings for my own personal swoondom. Shrinetolust wrote,

But Jake! OMG!!! Jake was what made it sing. His incredible presence, his sensuality, the power of expression in his eyes, and god, just everything--the way he stood, tilted his head, the way he used his hands. He had such heart, such beauty...he just took my breath away. From the very first frames, when he's just leaning against his truck, damn, I just sat up in my chair and leaned closer to the screen. I think part of the problem is that most of the critics are straight men and they weren't picking up on--or weren't acknowledging--the power that Jake has in this film. They refer to him as "engaging", but he's panties-on-fire-hotness personified--but also so much more than that.

This cracked me up. Plug in, "Elijah," for "Jake," and this could have been written about film-Frodo (that is, if Frodo had leaned against a truck in the Shire...).

I do swoon for the film, though, as well as the love depicted between the characters (especially the two men, but not only the men). For THAT I swoon big time.
just_ann_now at 2006-02-08 00:16 (UTC) (Link)
a treat to read. She has a lot of verve...

She does, doesn't she? I don't even know her; she shows up on my friends-of-friends page occasionally. I knew I wanted to see the film, but the exuberance of her review made it even more irresistible.

I was not a swooner for either actor, either, but Jake's doe eyes and mile-long eyelashes certainly make all those photos very appealing (and thanks for the one you've posted above, by the way - it's just perfect in its simplicity.)
mechtild at 2006-02-08 00:46 (UTC) (Link)
Jake's doe eyes and mile-long eyelashes certainly make all those photos very appealing (...)

"Doe eyes". I was thinking, "hound dog" - they are eyes that would be difficult to resist, the way a dog's are. ("Aaaaoooooo!)
lembas_junkie at 2006-02-08 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Mech! :D

Oh, I *love* Rufus! :D The first-ever song I heard of his was from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack; after that I had to find more! My favorite song of his is Instant Pleasure, but I also love his very first and last lines of Foolish Love:

"I don't want to hold you and feel so helpless
I don't want to smell you and lose my senses
And smile in slow motion
With eyes in love"

mechtild at 2006-02-08 03:08 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Lembas! I didn't know a thing about Rufus Wainwright until I looked him up on Google, looking for the lyrics I couldn't understand in the BBM song. I hadn't realised he was from a musical family.

I do wish he'd clean up his diction a little, since he writes good lyrics. I know it's the style to be untelligible, but, still. Or does he only sing like that for the BBM song? The singing had a very nice sound, I just wished I could understand what he was saying.
lembas_junkie at 2006-02-08 21:15 (UTC) (Link)
I know, he kinda has the whole 'nasal singing' thing really down pat, hee hee! I'll forgive him for that, though; he sings the most romantic songs. *sigh*. He's all the 'tormented artiste' you know, roses and wine and sleeping and smoking...and more. ;)
mechtild at 2006-02-09 00:23 (UTC) (Link)
He didn't sound tormented in the little bios I read about him. He sounded talented, successful, young, out, and unconflicted about being out. Hunh!
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